Jackie Glazier Wins Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event!

Posted at 20:06 2012-05-14 by Matthew Pitt

The Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event has come to an end and the last man, sorry that should read last woman, standing is none other than Jackie Glazier who has cemented her claim for being the best female poker players in the region. Glazier's win is the perfect ending to a week of intense poker that saw her buy into all three starting flights but it proved to be third time lucky because it was after Day 1c that she really started to pick up the pace and was a worthy winner of the $95,000 first place prize.

Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event Results

1stJackie Glazier$95,000
2nd Simon Moshi$67,000 
3rdRyan Hong$47,000
4thLiwei Han$35,000
5thNishi Gamage$27,000
6thSimon Kidson$21,000
7thSherrie Gelberg$17,000
8thStelios Yenofkian$13,000
9thPaul Schembri$10,000
10thIsmail Ismail$7,000

As you can see form the table above it was Ismail Ismail who became the first casualty of the ten-handed final tale. he saw Liwei Han open for a raise in front of him and decided to three-bet all but 6,000 of his chips. Even more surprising was Han opted to just call! Ismail's last 6,000 went into the pot when the flop came down {2-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and he was obviously insta-called. Ismail opened {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} but was in serious trouble against the dominating {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} of Han. The turn and river were the {j-Diamonds} and {3-Spades} respectively and the table lost its first player.

Next to go was Paul Schembri who had seen his stack dwindle somewhat so when he saw Nishi Gamage open for a raise and discover he had {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs} in the hole he opted to three-bet all-in. unfortunately for Schembri, Gamage held {J-Spades}{J-Hearts}, leaving Schembri drawing to three outs. Gamage flopped a set of jack on the {J-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{3-Spades} board and when the turn and river were the {A-Clubs} and {Q-Spades} it was game over for Schembri.

Those two players were joined on the rail by Stelios Yenofkian who ran into a monster of a hand that was held by Glazier. With blinds at 15,000/30,000/4,000a Glazier opened to 65,000 and Yenofkian was the only player to make the call. The pair shared a {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop, a flop that both players checked. There was no such passivity when the {7-Spades} landed on the turn, instead Glazier slid forward a tower of chips worth 100,000 and was quickly called. The river was the {6-Spades} and Glazier shoved on her opponent; sending him into the tank for several minutes. When he emerged he did so with a call but his hand was soon in the muck when Glazier turned over {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} for a full house.

The next elimination was a battle of the blinds; a common scenario in short-handed poker. Sherrie Gelberg and Simon Moshi entered a preflop raising war that resulted in Gelberg being all-in and at risk, being covered by just 8,000 chips. She flipped over {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} and was in great shape to double through the {A-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} of her opponent but that changed as the board ran out {J-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. A bad beat for Gelberg indeed.

Next was Simon Kidson who was down to 10 big blinds and facing paying the 40,000 big blind the next hand. He found {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} staring back at him so did what any poker player worth their salt would do and moved all-in. Unfortunately Moshi was sat there waiting with a dominating {A-Spades}{K-Spades}. Neither player made a pair on the {Q-Spades}{7-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} flop but the {K-Hearts} turn left Kidson drawing dead.

Another small blind-versus-big blind confrontation took place shortly after Kidson's demise and it was Gamage who found himself on the wrong side of a crucial coinflip. His chips went into the middle with {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs} and found themselves up against the {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} of Moshi. The latter hit a set on a {5-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop and when the {A-Diamonds} landed on the turn it was game over for Gamage.

Fourth place was also settled by some blind-on-blind action though we think Han will be disappointed with how his tournament ended. With blinds now 20,000/40,000/5,00a he made the decision to open-shove his small blind with {Q-Hearts}{J-Hearts} for 700,000 chips in what must have been an attempt to pick up the blinds and antes. However, Ryan Hong woke up in the big blind with a pair of black kings, which held, to reduce the final table member to just three players.

It was Hong himself who became the third place finisher shortly afterwards. Another preflop raising war broke out and he Hong found himself all-in and at risk of elimination unless his {A-Hearts}{K-Clubs} could connect with the board to crack the {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts} of Moshi. They could not as by the river the board read {4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts}{5-Spades} and heads-up was set.

Going into the one-on-one encounter, Moshi lead Glazier by 4,800,000 to 3,800,000 chips but that would completely change on the very first hand. The duo got their stacks into the middle with Glazier holding {6-Clubs}{6-Spades} to Moshi's {K-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} and the heads-up battle could have been settled after just one hand! The {3-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop kept Glazier's sixes in front but the {8-Hearts} on the turn meant she not had to avoid a jack, king or any heart otherwise her tournament would end prematurely. She did give these cards a swerve because the fifth community card was the {2-Diamonds} and she now held a 7,600,000 to 1,000,000 lead and was certainly in control.

Not long after it was all over. A limped pot so the pair share a flop that read {7-Hearts}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}. Glazier check-called a bet from Moshi leading the dealer to burn a card and put the {5-Clubs} into play. Both players checked its arrival but when the {2-Clubs} landed on the river Glazier set he opponent all-in. Moshi replayed the hand over and over in his head for several minutes before calling off his last 1,000,000 or so chips with {Q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. However, Glazier had made the move with {8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} havign flopped two-pair and with that she had become the 2012 Melbourne Poker Championship Main Event Champion!

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